New and old in boat fest

The third weekend in May is traditionally your best opportunity to check out classic boats a Maple Bay Marina. - Andrew Leong/file
The third weekend in May is traditionally your best opportunity to check out classic boats a Maple Bay Marina.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Organizers of Maple Bay’s long-standing wooden boat festival want to remind people the event doesn’t only offer a glimpses of the past.

It also features modern vessels.

“Display vessels will include converted work boats, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, classic Monks and Chris Crafts,” states promotional material.

The 19th-annual festival anchored at the Maple Bay Marina takes place over the May holiday weekend on May 17 and 18.

“Wooden boats have a long standing history on the West Coast and Vancouver Island. The people that dedicate their time and hard work to keep them in shape, or restore them, tie us to our maritime heritage.”

The event pays homage to this tradition and also celebrates the owners who share this same passion.

The public can also vote for their favourite boat before or after enjoying a number of other attractions including a pool with model boat display and demonstrations,  live music and local arts and crafts up for sale.

Artists, including Jeffrey Birkin and Carol Borrett (painters), Laura Filgate (glassworks), Michael Dean (marine artist), Neil Fatin (photo art), Connie Kaziechko (stained glass art), Delbert Peter (Coast Salish carvings) and Joanne Edwards (knitting), will be out and about as well.

The event is free and takes place at the marina from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more, call the marina at 250-746-8482.

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